Midterm Exam Spring 2017

Write a 5 page essay discussing media and ideas that you’ve encountered during the first half of the semester. Your midterm essay should be an expository paper using some of the clips listed on the syllabus (or additional clips from your personal viewing which address topics from the course). Be sure to use specific ideas from the readings (listed on the syllabus and in the short review list appended below), screenings, and class discussions (from our specific course) to support your argument. You must cite any books or articles that you use in your essay and you need to follow MLA style for manuscript mechanics and documentation (guides to writing and style can be found under the menu item “writing”). Double spaced, 12 pt. font, Times or the like. Works cited page is in addition to your 5 page count. If you fail to follow MLA, your grade will automatically drop a half letter grade.

In my new role as Luddite-in-Chief, I will be accepting hard copy papers at the start of class on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6pm sharp. Please print out your paper on white bond paper using black ink and a single staple in the upper left hand corner. Double-sided please so as to make the papers lighter and to use up less paper. Save a tree or two.

Here are some of the key terms that we’ve covered so far:

Dreams, Condensation, Displacement, Repression

Transference, Oedipal Complex

Trauma, Projection, Introjection, Death Drive, The Real

Objects, Phantasy, The Unconscious

Here are a couple of websites with useful definitions of some of the above terms (also our class readings usually have a paragraph that explains terms in summary form):



And, finally, here is a list of the key thinkers that I’ve mentioned in class:

Sigmund Freud

Melanie Klein

Anna Freud

Jacques Lacan

D. W. Winnicott

Rely of what you’ve read and what we’ve discussed to guide you through explaining the material. Email me if you have any questions.